Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Western Dressage Clinic

Saturday's Western Dressage Clinic at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center presented by the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association and featuring clinician Katherine Calkins brought together riders, horses and auditors with a wide range of experience and expectations - all wanting to know more about this emerging discipline.

Clinician Katherine Calkins demonstrating on Sparkle (owned by Marcella Kline-Green)

How is Western Dressage different from modern "traditional" dressage? It honors the horse and values the partnership*. Western Dressage is truly American in accepting horse and rider as we are and encouraging us to be the best we can be.  Based on the precepts of traditional dressage - precision of training that improves fluidity, self awareness, obedience and confidence - dressage benefits any horse and rider whether going into battle, tackling the work in the cow pen or traveling safely down the trail. 

Why are there "tests"?  Tests are used in dressage to evaluate the progress of the horse, the rider and the partnership.  In competition we may be used to "winning" but in dressage the true competition is ourselves.  While we may score higher than another horse and rider team at a show to win ribbons, our goal is to improve on the score of our last test and to move up to the next level.

Katherine Calkins has additional clinics scheduled and regular lesson groups focused on Western Dressage.  You can come watch the Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association show on May 5th to see what all the excitement is about!
Summing up for the auditors.

For more information contact Katherine by phone (520) 975-2822 or
by email:   Katherine@WickedGoodHorsemanship.com 

Cochise Dressage and Eventing Association Schooling Show
May 5 at J-Six Ranch Equestrian Center
Western and Traditional Dressage

Western Dressage Association of America
*The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is to honor the horse and to value the partnership it has provided us on our American journey. Its mission is to provide a model of training and horsemanship which optimizes this partnership for the benefit of both horse and rider. Its mission is to celebrate the American West where all these things came to pass.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gymkhana Patterns

The patterns for Saturday, April 6th Gymkhana are Cloverleaf Barrels,  2 Barrel Cowhorse,  Turn and Burn, Pole Bending and Thread the Needle.

Link to Patterns http://www.cvsc.net/Patterns.html

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stay Up to Date with J-Six!

Katherine is busily reconstructing the J-Six and AZ Gymkhana web sites after they were maliciously taken down.  They'll be even better than before.  

In the meantime, to make sure you don't miss out on anything going on at J-Six, bookmark us and check back frequently at http://j-sixranch.blogspot.com or you can subscribe by email (see the bottom of the home page) to be kept up to date on any new clinics or events.

Coming up next - 
Gymkhana on Saturday, April 6th 

and a great Western Dressage Clinic on Saturday April 13th 

Thanks for your patience until the web sites are back up. 

 Looking forward to seeing you soon for more fun at J-Six!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

See You Saturday!

Our next Gymkhana is April 6th. Events will be Cloverleaf Barrels, 2 Barrel Cowhorse, Turn and Burn, Pole Bending and Thread the Needle. Don’t forget – A non-perishable food donation will get you a free Time Only and if you are in 4-H we’ll waive your arena fee (but you have to tell us when you sign-in).

Also, we will have 4 day-stalls available for $5 each during all Fun Days and Gymkhanas. A place for your horse to relax and not be tied to the trailer during the day. First come – first served. No reservations. You supply the hay, we’ll supply the water.

AND - new Snack Bar items so you won't go hungry!

See you Saturday - you still have time to earn points in your division - and there's a division for everyone (and for every horse).  Great family atmosphere and fun if you're new at this.

J-Six Ranch Buckle Series April 6th

Third of Four in the Spring Buckle Series!